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Kanchanaburi Province

Introducing Kanchanaburi Province

Given the jaw-dropping natural beauty around Kanchanaburi, it seems paradoxical that the area is more renowned for the horrors that occurred on the Death Railway in WWII. Visitors often visit the provincial town's WWII memorials before heading northwest to camp in the national parks where tigers, elephants and gibbons roam. Alongside a serrated mountain range that hugs the Burmese border, these vast parks contain tiered waterfalls and crystal-lined caves.

In the north of the province, the tiny towns of Thong Pha Phum and Sangkhlaburi are unspoiled places close to national parks. The parks give visitors the opportunity to explore thick jungle, stay with ethnic groups and visit incredible waterfalls and caves. This is all part of the Western Forest Complex, one of Asia's largest protected areas.

Remote towns in the far northwest, including Sangkhlaburi, are home to ethnic groups who have fled the military regime in Myanmar. An increasing number of foreign visitors now carry out volunteer work in these parts.